Saud Anwar

State Senator

Saud Anwar

Deputy President Pro Tempore

Working For You

May 31, 2023


HARTFORD – The Democrat-led state Senate early this morning gave final passage to House Bill 5004, “AN ACT IMPLEMENTING EARLY VOTING,” which establishes a framework for early, in-person voting for all general elections, primaries, and special elections in Connecticut held on or after January 1, 2024.

Democrats passed the bill in the House and Senate after 60% of Connecticut voters approved of an early voting change last fall to the state constitution. Forty-six American states already allow some form of early voting.

“We know this policy is popular – a majority of Connecticut has voted in support for it already,” said State Senator Saud Anwar (D-South Windsor). “I’m proud to join my colleagues and make sure Connecticut voters join the vast majority of our country in being able to cast ballots before Election Day. The more accessible the polls are, the more people cast ballots and the more representative our government becomes.”

Specifically, the bill requires a 14-day early voting period for general elections, a seven-day period for most primaries, and a four-day early voting period for special elections and presidential preference primaries.

Every city and town in Connecticut must establish at least one early voting location and may establish more. Early voting locations must be open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., including weekends, except that on the last Tuesday and Thursday before the election, the locations must be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The bill also sets various requirements and procedures for early voting including voter eligibility, same-day election registration, ballot custody, staffing and training, and materials.

The bill now heads to Governor Ned Lamont for his signature of the bill into law.